Aerosmith music sales explode post 'Idol'
February 8th, 2011
01:28 PM ET

Aerosmith music sales explode post 'Idol'

Despite some hits Steven Tyler took from others when he announced he would be a judge on “American Idol” (we are looking at you Kid Rock) it looks like the decision is paying off.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, sales of Aerosmith music have skyrocketed since Tyler took his seat at the judges table.

Based on data from Nielsen SoundScan, Aerosmith’s 1994 compilation album “Big Ones” increased in sales by 260% after the “Idol’s” premiere.

Likewise, the band’s 2004 album “Devil's Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith” saw sales rise by 146% after the second week of “Idol” while two other Greatest Hits collections garnered sales increases of 137% and 147%, according to THR.

The magic also appears to be working for the group’s singles.

For the week ending Jan. 30, the band sold 34,000 downloads of the single “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” (a favorite of auditioners and former contestants alike) which marks an increase of 363% and “Dream On,” racked up 26,000 downloads – a 318% spike over the week before.

THR.com notes that prior to the debut of the new season of “American Idol,” Aerosmith catalog sales were on the decline selling fewer than 1,000 copies a week while that number now increased to more than 2,000 per release.


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  3. Jadebxtchhh

    Who is Aerosmith?im jus kiddin.But really,who is Aerosmith?

    February 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hey mom

    Americas answer to the rolling stones......lol It's not even close. I'd even listen to badfinger b4 tylers band

    February 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bill in willo-b

    ..get yourself a cooler and lay yourself low!

    February 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MJ

    What Theresa said is spot on. Steve is a real asset to the show. Best season ever. My grandkids are listening to Aerosmith now and love it.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bill in willo-b

    REQUIRED LISTENING FOR ALL: Get Your Wings/ Toys in the Attic/ Rocks. If you aren't familiar with or know these albums you (frankly speaking) shouldn't be allowed to post an opinion about Tyler or Aerosmith. Yeah Tyler is a "sell-out" (whatever that means anymore) for being on Idol but NOBODY can deny the influence or greatness of america's answer to the rolling stones...glad the younger generation is being turned on to aerosmith...lord knows the crap they have to listen to currently is horrible.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cc

    Steven Tyler on American Idol, gets his name and Aerosmith's name in the news and their are more sales...I think that would be known as marketing!

    February 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Neil n Kansas

    LOL
    Steven Tyler is an Idol hoe!!
    Gotta make that money...

    February 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. big AL

    Back in my 20's after I'd get home form work, I would play my cd "Love in an elevator" while getting ready getting pumped up to go partying on a Friday night. Those were the days my friend. In the 70's I had a 8 track player in my 69 Chevy Caprice (also known as a Poor Man's Cadillac) as loud as it would play. Rock on Steven Tyler and Aerosmith! Back in the day, we had favorite bands and NO Haters!

    February 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mejazzbo

    Smart move on Tyler's part! As if the marketing folks didn't know this would happen.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michelle

    Agreed, Toys was one of the greatest but no youngster today will understand album rock.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. whiteglossy

    We heart Aerosmith... awesome to see them doing well again! – http://wp.me/p106i6-2kL

    February 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sean

    How about sales of the autobiography, "Walk This Way"?

    February 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Natalie

    NICE!! Good to see young people opening their minds to "older" music. When music was good :)

    February 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Del

    If Steven Tyler was an contestant on Idol, he would not make it to Hollywood. Idol sucks as well as Aerosmith. Best thing that Tyler did was give us Liv.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Vixen Blue

    @Mr. Bones, you are EXACTLY right!!! Listen to a song called "Because im awesome" by the Dollyrots, pretty much telling off american idol, the xfactor or anything like it.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jimmy

    Been an Aerosmith fan for ages. I think it's great that people are buying their greatest hits compilations and learning more about their music. I hope it opens a window for people to further explore music by buying their individual albums. I started off being an Aerosmith fan by purchasing several of their compilations, and then slowly purchased every single album on cd and vinyl.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jessica

    Get "Toy's in the Attic" one of the best rock albums ever!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Andy

    Not sure why Kid Rocks opinion would mean a thing.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Kai

    If it gets the masses listening to something other than that rap/hip-hop garbage, I'm fine with this.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  22. street smart

    Actually the members of Aerosmith died right after the Rocks album of drugs. In the 80s their record company as a joke invented some androids to look and play like Aerosmith to recoup their losses on all the Aerosmith shennagins during the 70s, programing them to play their old hits and new lame rock ballads. No one thought it would go over as big as it has because after all, whoever heard of corporate robots doing any worthwhile rock and roll anyway? Next thing you know they will have the android Steven Tyler as a judge on American Idol! Nah, even that would be to corny, the record companies would never let it get that far. Or would they?

    February 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jeff D

    I think one of Aerosmiths best albums has got to be PERMANENT VACATION!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Lucy

    It wasn't until "Idol" that I realized how cool Steven Tyler is. This was only confirmed when my brother-in-law, who does security for NBC, told me that Steven was the nicest celebrity he's worked for - no entourage, no ego. I was never crazy about Aerosmith but I'm definitely a new fan of Tyler!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  25. justin

    Now maybe Joe Perry will shut his mouth.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  26. mark

    First of all percentages mean nothing, what are actualy sales. This may be a short gain but will downgrade the entire band in the long run. Tyler simply sold out and this does nothing for his rock and roll image or his fans. I don't think Aerosmith is going to make a record for 12 year old girls, although that might sound good to Tyler.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kman

      Your correct on sales to percentage. Tyler has "sold out" and in concerts even in the bad days of all their drug addictions. Good move for a dude that has been in the music industry for 38 years and changed rock & concerts in many ways and having clearly their own stlye. The age of fans have no time and even now as they have collected all ages of FANS over the years and the album for the 12 year old girls are cover by beiber now and he will fade in time.

      February 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Shar

    Steven Tyler is not a sell out! I look forward to my Wednesday and Thursdays. Congrats Steven!

    February 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Rock-n-Roll

    I can understand the whole not wanting to be associated with American Idol thing. However, look at the flipside, I think it's a great platform to introduce a whole new generation to good 'ole, electric guitar, lyric based rock'n'roll, with a lead singer that can sing without and auto-tuner! Unlike the CRAP we were tortured with during the Super Bowl half-time. Aerosmith (probably Steven's idea), did the same thing last time everyone thought they were down and out. They re-did 'Walk This Way' with Run DMC, who were popular at the time and presto, they were an iconic band again. What era of Aerosmith you like, is personal preference. What's important, is that they know how to survive, change with the times and stay relevant. Brilliant! It will be interesting to hear the new album, due out later this year.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Rupert

    Article is fairly disingenous. Their sales have gone from a 1000 a week to maybe 1300 a week. If the band is getting $1 per album (that is being generous), Tyler is literally make tens of dollars more than he was before. Not exactly what I'd call exploding.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Meh

    Nice lipstick you goon

    February 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  31. RussInTX

    See...selling out does work in the music industry. Hollywood has been doing it for years. Nice to see the music biz catching up.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Agreed

    Live Bootleg one of their best...AGREED. Nice long version of "Lord of Thighs".

    February 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Justin Bieber

    Love in an Elevator...that's what I want to do with another dude. Time for me to come out of the closet. I am a true fairy. Sorry to disappoint all the teenie bopper chicks! -Bieber

    February 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      I was hoping Ozzy was going to bite off your head during the super bowel....bowl rather

      February 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Floor

    Live Bootleg really is one of the greatest albums of all time. Up there with Jimi Hedrix and The Beatles.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  35. joe

    thank you tim. You people do not realize that aerosmiths sales going up does not validate what tyler did. Money is not everything! Tyler making more my by doing something lame is the exact definition of what selling out is.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • theresa

      sell out? he has paid his his dues and is 63 yrs old! If he wants to try something different he has every right to. He is financially in a position to try new things and have some fun. Most people at his age are retired and doing the same.

      February 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  36. patricia

    Steve tyler rocks!

    February 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Formica

    They llp sync their music. Steven Tyler said he has not actually performed Dream On in years.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat G

      You clearly haven't been to an Aerosmith concert....They DON'T lip sync!! They are my favorite live band of all...and they have more energy and talent than any current band...regardless of age!!!

      February 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      A Pat G,

      You are right, they don't lip-sync. They may have been better off waaaaay back when though. They had such a horrible rep as a live band. Too much drugs and booze. They were so bad at a concert in New York's Gaelic Park, people booed them off the stage and some idiots threw bottles and stuff.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  38. goss

    Kings & Queens & Guillotines! Anyway glad to see people are discovering their music. Teens these days need to be exposed to classic rock.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  39. citizenUSA

    Not too big of a deal. Steven himself once said that now with things like ITunes and file sharing, their once multi-million dollar valued body of work was now worth .99 cents a song.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Formica

    That Tyler Perry Rocks !

    February 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Formica

    They haven't done anything exceptional since Oops I Did It Again. I really enjoyed their Use Your Illusion II and Ziggy Stardust albums though.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Demara

    No, really? Thousands of people watch the show; it's only natural to think SOME of them will be smart enough to go buy real music.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Victor

    Eat your crow Mr. Perry.

    All that bull about how Steve was selling out and now you're going to get a nice increase in your royalties checks because he was smart enough to see a good thing when it was handed to him.

    Joe Perry should thank his lucky stars that Steven Tyler is smarter than the average lead singer.

    Way to go Steven!!!!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Bones

      Not everything is about money. Some things, like being in any way, shape or form connected to "American Idol," are just lame. Sure, Joe Perry is going to make a few extra bucks (if the band still owns the rights to the songs that came before they started bringing in scientists to write their music according to what makes middle-aged women want to spend money), but "Idol" is still very UN-rock-and-roll. It's music, sure, but it's not rock and roll. Aerosmith used to be a rock band, so I understand Joe's problem with this.

      The irony is how few of the great rock singers could even make it past a first-round "Idol" audition. You'd see Steven Tyler, Robert Plant, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, all walking dejectedly out of the room, with their sad little number cards still pinned to them, while some high school junior who turns every cadenza into a six-minute ordeal gets told, "You're going to Hollywood!"

      February 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Do you even have a clue what the term "selling out" means. By your statement that Joe Perry was giving Tyler a hard time quickly followed by the fact that Perry's royalty checks will increase is proof you don't.

      February 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  44. After their reunion it was all a CRAPFEST

    I agree with Hmmm....after their reunion when ever that was this band did not much else than record the formula and their music suffered. You want Aerosmith the look to the 1970's...otherwish STFU!! Yepp

    February 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Marco555

    Tyler's been saving the day for that band for decades now. Everytime you think they're about to go away, he finds a way to keep em' going.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • RKG

      You're absolutly correct, and it was not just crap from Kid Rock but Joe Perry as well. I think he owes an apology before he takes a big ol bite of that humble pie!!

      February 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skye

      That's so true........and now he can laugh all the way to the bank at all the haters who said it was a bad move on his part. :)

      February 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • brent

      Maybe Joe Perry will shut his cake hole now that the gravey train he has been riding on (Tyler's back) is still providng a paycheque, which in my opinion is all he really cared about anyway.

      February 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raevyn

      Joe Perry is one of the laziest, sloppiest guitar players out there. He's the king of the overworn cliched solo.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Hmmm

    Some very misinformed pseudo Aerosmith fans...Try Toy in the Attic, Rocks etc...Anything before 1979 is worth it...anything after is pretty mucy SHYT!

    February 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Devil's Advocate

      The only person misinformed pseudo-Aerosmith fan is you. If you could remove that smug narcissism, you'd soon realize that your own personal preferences and tastes aren't ever completely inline with what everyone else's should be. If all that other stuff is "SHYT" then why did they proceed to get so popular after 1979?

      February 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronineko

      They've had hits and misses throughout the years but "Toys in the Attic" is a masterpiece. A timeless, all American Rock 'n' Roll Monster. Don't waste time arguing with me.

      February 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      They got much more publicity when they sold out and thats why the popularity grew. Nothing more. Their music was better pre-1980. There was more energy and power in what they did. As soon as you give it up for radio hit after radio hit, thats all you can fall back on.
      Dont b1tch – my opinion is as valid as the next guy right?

      February 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • kerry

      I like their old stuff too, but Get A Grip was just a downright fun album. I rarely skip any track from that album if it comes on shuffle.

      February 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • street smart

      So they became popular again after 1979, so what? Britney Spears is popular as well. Doesnt mean shes great either

      February 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Toys In The Attic and Rocks were their two best albums. Some great stuff in the years to follow, but they never came close to those two masterpieces.

      February 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Humbruh

    What about the impact on J Lo's albums? **sarcasm**

    February 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kman

      what has she done ?....not in the HOF of music anyways like Aerosmith.

      February 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRACY C

      AHHHHHHH...YES...!!!! I LUV IT...& KNEW STEVE WOULD SAVE THE DAY & YRS. TO COME FOR AEROSMITH BY GOING ON IDOL...OBVIOUSLY HE KNEW IT TOO...BUT MY FAV. PART OF THE STORY IS THAT HE DIDNT CARE WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT...HE STEPPED OUT THERE & TOOK A HUGE CHANCE & LOOK AT HIM NOW...!!!! WAY TO GO STEVEN ...!!!! WE LUV U...!!!!!!

      February 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |

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